Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Famille Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone, 2012

This is one of the best young Cotes du Rhones I've had in quite some time. It has lovely bright aromas and flavors--a joy to drink. And it's widely available for about $9.95.

Deep ruby. Good strong core of Syrah showing. Beautiful aromas of cherries, peppercorn, cassis, spice and freshly cut flowers. Reminds me of Vinsobres, and I love Vinsobres. Flavors are lively and intense. Dark cherry and licorice with some Syrah-type pepper. Fleshy texture, just right for hearty foods. Traditional CDR without the international trappings.

Actually, I discover, the cuvee includes 20% Syrah from the Perrins' vineyards in Vinsobres--a very good source--plus Grenache and Mourvedre. The wine is showing well right now but with plenty of strength to carry on for a few years.

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